Welcome back everyone. I am glad you have all enjoyed the blogs so far. In this one, we are going to dive into one of my favorite meads (and hated by my wife) the Great Deku Mead. As you may know from the previous blogs, this one exploded on me making a wonderful mess and a ban from brewing by my wife until “we have a basement” and now we have one I always make to have in stock.
As we talked before, mead is very simple to make and I recommend trying it out, just be patient and don’t be greedy. When making mead I would only do a gallon batch. You don’t want five gallons of something super strong and not that great (unless you are in college and want a good time….been there, done that). The other issue if you do a bigger batch is cost. Honey is not that cheap and you will need a lot for a gallon alone. So take it easy and do a gallon.
For your ingredients, you need to start with your water and honey. Get the water going to just under a boil and then add your honey. In a gallon batch, I use about two pounds (yeah now multiply that by five to know how much you need for a bigger batch). Stir it in and help it dissolve and get it back to just under the boiling point again. Once there, chill it back down to about seventy degrees and then move it to your carboy. Add your yeast and let the science work. For yeast, I use a dry wine yeast to get what I want, but, to tell the truth, I haven’t experimented a lot with the yeast in my meads.
After two weeks, it is time for the rerack. Here you are going to need the next round of ingredients of fig and elderberries. Figs can be found pretty easily, but the elderberries I order online. In a blender or food processor, add those two together and pour the mixture into your reracked mead. I feel like I haven’t said this enough, don’t be greedy with how much mead you get out. Try to leave as much yeast as possible when you rerack.
After about another week or two, it is time to rerack again to get the fig and elderberry mixture out. I usually let it sit another week before I bottle it. I like to make sure I have no yeast leftover. I bottle into empty fifth bottles that I have collected as long as there is a cork top (I drink a lot of scotch so I get a lot of them). After bottling them, I will check them every so often to make sure there isn’t any pressure building up (I’m gun shy, don’t judge). Then it is the waiting game. They say the longer the better, but they also say at least six months and then enjoy it. It does get better with the passing time as my brother in-law will attest to.
And that is the Great Deku Mead. If you are wondering why I picked that name, we can’t be friends….just kidding….but really. One of my favorite video game series of all time, The Legend of Zelda. I also have a beer named after it too. I even blog about that at Another Zelda Podcast. Hope you give it a try and do give it the proper time to age. If you have any comments or questions, please leave them below. I will continue to give out recipes I have so everyone can enjoy and I apologize as there is no actual recipe to use when you attempt this…I got to keep some things to myself. Cheer!